We talk to Patricia Parosselló Palmer, a Senior Travel Industry Professional. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and is founder of several companies. She is for instance the founder of Hoppa.com (former Resorthoppa), an online transfer business that was sold to Albion Ventures and the Lowcosttravel Group in 2008. She tells us about how the bankruptcy of Thomas Cooks has changed the whole travel industry.
by Stefanie Claudia Müller, Madrid
“We are moving on very thin ice,” believes Ingrid Hofmann-Schmitz. The successful auditor, art collector and real estate investor is old enough to know when economic crises are imminent: “I have never had such a strong feeling that we were only one day before 1929. A chaos builds up from global debt, real estate bubbles and refugee flows. The German government is the best example that nobody really addresses the dangers. I am not alone among my colleagues with this opinion, ”says the 70-year-old from the Rhineland. According to the specialist portal immowelt, the purchase prices for apartments in Germany rose on average from 1550 euros per square meter in 2011 to 2460 euros in 2017: “Such increases are not sustainable and are not justified,” says Hofmann-Schmitz.
Latin Americans are migrating masively to Europe for a long time, especially from Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Venezuela, suffering Economic crisis and insecurity for many years. In 2020 the flow of people trying to live and work in Berlin, Madrid or Lisbon will increase. From the uncertainty and the global economic slowdown, to the trade tensions and the evolution of the raw materials prices, all of which undermine the growth of Latin America, with forecasts in 2019 pointing towards an economic stagnation (0.2% annual GDP growth). The growth forecasts for the main economies of the region have been revised downwards. Specifically, growth forecasts for Mexico and Brazil are below 1%, and the recession in Argentina intensifies. Inflation remains within the central bank’s target range in most Latin American countries, except in Argentina and Uruguay.
The countries with the highest employment rate for recent graduates are: Iceland (91.8%), Malta (90.4%), Netherlands (89.2%), Norway (89.2%) and Germany (88.7%). 50% of graduates can’t find a job in Italy and Greece. In Romania, France, Bulgaria, Croatia and Spain, around 30% of recent graduates don’t have a job after graduation. 20% of British postgraduates can’t get into the job market after graduating.
by António Guterres
We are losing the climate race. On our current trajectory we are looking at a 3- to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century. But we can choose another path. The path of climate action and well-being for people and planet. This path is about people’s jobs, health, education, opportunities, and their future. Today, millions of workers are on the front lines of climate impacts. Many in sectors like tourism and agriculture are losing livelihoods. Others have to withstand unbearable working conditions. The answer to the climate crisis lies in transforming how we generate our power, design our cities, and manage our land. But it also requires that our actions are consistent with making people’s lives better.
The demand for nurses is high but the supply is low. According to, a job site website, Indeed, within UK’s biggest cities including London, the searched for nurse jobs has decline, which is surprising especial for London which has the highest number of nursing staff.
The National Health Service has provided data regarding this issue, but it can be misleading. According to the most recent figures from the NHS, in England there was a 3.9% increase from five years earlier and a 3.2% general rise over the last decade. However, the data in depth shows that there were also 39,520 nursing vacancies in England in the first quarter of this year, which is around 11% of the workforce. That 11% of the workforce was temporary filled in by agency or contract workers, but those temporary workers were counted as permanent nurses, which could have altered the results.